Sue Asher serves as the instructor for a local aerobics class for senior citizens. Asher’s class meets at a local swimming pool two times on a weekly basis. There students exercise the feet, arms, and legs while enjoying the benefits of being in the water. Although the workout is relatively calm and simple, it serves to improve muscle strength and prevent the onset of joint problems like arthritis.
“Class starts at 10:45 but between 10:30 and 10:45 we catch up on things that are happening in the town, happening with the senior citizens and it is our social time,” Asher stated. “Then we do our exercises and work hard.”
Swimming is a great way for the elderly and people with arthritic feet to get exercise. If you have any questions about the benefits of swimming on the feet, consider contacting podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang will explain the unique health advantages this activity has and recommend some simple exercises for you to do.
Benefits of Swimming and Foot care
Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.
Benefits of swimming:
Improve blood circulation
- Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet
Relieve aches or pains
- It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and improves blood flow to them.
Circulation overall for diabetics
- Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.
Reduce foot inflammation
- Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move and stretch the afflicted foot. The feet are also exposed in water, giving them much needed air.
Swimming the helpful alternative:
Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet.
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